During Spring 2016, CIHT and TRL held a successful joint Learned Society evening event on automated vehicles. 

We followed up again in April 2017 on the topic of automated vehicles focusing more on some of the practical implications – for example, what might they mean for pedestrian/cyclist movements?

Given the focus on autonomous vehicles at Greenwich and the GATEway Project led by TRL, Professor Nick Reed, Academy Director at TRL  provided further insights into this research project.

The event was kindly sponsored by: TRL logo small

Professor Nick Reed, Academy Director, TRL

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Nick is Academy director at TRL, where he is responsible for ensuring the technical quality of TRL’s research outputs, supporting the academic development of TRL staff and managing TRL’s engagement with stakeholders in industry and academia on programmes of collaborative research.

Nick joined the Human Factors and Simulation group at TRL in January 2004 following post-doctoral work in visual perception at the University of Oxford. He has led a wide variety of studies using the full mission, high fidelity car and truck simulators with a number of published articles, conference papers, and appearances in national and international media.

Nick also championed work in the area of vehicle automation at TRL, culminating in his technical leadership of the GATEway (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment) project – a flagship UK Government project to investigate the implications of the introduction of automated vehicles in the urban environment.

Lola Fernandez-Redondo, Head of Integrated Planning and the Built Environment, DG Cities

Lola Fernandez-Redondo smallLola's work lies at the intersection between the built environment and digital infrastructure/new technologies having a strong urban innovation and sustainable development component.  

Lola spearheads cutting-edge urban innovation projects for the development of Greater London. These projects explore the potential of digital and new technologies to optimise the use of resources, to improve the sustainability and resilience of the built environment and its communities, and to lead the transition to a low-carbon future and the green economy.

Lola’s academic career includes graduate degrees in MSc Urban Economic Development (University College of London, 2013) and in MSc City Design and Social Science (London School of Economics, 2010), as well as a Masters and Bachelor degree in Architecture from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, 2005.  Prior to joining the DG Cities team, Lola worked in international architectural and urban planning practices such as Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), and Foreign Office Architects, where she led design teams and projects in different continents and development contexts (ie. UK, France, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, Turkey, United States and Nigeria), including Birmingham New St Station, Ravensbourne College and, as part as the RSHP team, developed a set of policy and design guidance for “le Grand Paris”, commissioned by former French President, N. Sarkozy.


Graeme Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Oxbotica

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Graeme has a substantial track record delivering complex products and services from research and development through to customer launch – primarily in the automotive sector. He has held executive leadership positions in several global start-ups and joint ventures, building and leading international engineering teams in electronic/software product development, service delivery and customer support. These include Director of Ford Motor Company’s Telematics Support Services, Executive Director of Wingcast Europe, Managing Director of SEI UK Ltd and Vice President / COO of Connexis LLC.
A recognized expert in Advanced Vehicle Control systems and the Connected Car, Graeme holds several patents in the areas of Adaptive Cruise Control and the application of Impulse Radar systems to vehicle systems. Graeme has broad commercial and technical experience spanning all areas required to develop and market new products, including R&D, manufacture, outsourcing and customer support.

Presentation Synopsis - Guiding AVs in Complex Urban Environments:

There are three questions central to autonomous driving - Where am I? What's around me? and, Where do I go next? These core competencies of localisation, perception, and planning are central to mobile autonomy. In the next few months we'll see fleets of autonomous vehicles taking to the streets of cities - complex environments that take these challenges to a new level.

We need to be able to share data and learning across a fleet of vehicles in a seamless way that is agnostic to the communications medium just as the on-board control software is agnostic to the type of vehicle.
Selenium and Caesium are Oxbotica’s solution to this remarkable set of challenges. Selenium is our platform-agnostic autonomy operating system, which provides autonomy and deep scene understanding with any combination of laser or vision sensors, with or without prebuilt maps - it makes no difference. Caesium is our fleet coordination system which handles fleet configuration, data and learning sharing and meta information. In this talk I’ll explain how these “Elements of Autonomy” have been architected, built and deployed in fleets of vehicles and how they are able to guide AVs in complex urban environments.


Rama Gheerawo, Director,  Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

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Rama is Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design: the Royal College of Art’s largest and longest running research centre – and a global lighthouse for people-centred design. He has experience in the creative industry having worked in the automotive, product design and multimedia design sectors. He writes, publishes, lectures and curates exhibitions on design to audiences that include students, academics, designers, industry and government.

Rama believes that good design can significantly improve and transform people's lives and is interested in evolving the role of designers to involve people in the creative process as active contributors and equal voices in the process. He also concentrates on creating effective mechanisms for knowledge transfer and has run workshops at universities, design organisations and corporations in world-wide venues, including California and China. As a keynote speaker, he advocates the benefits of design and a more socially-inclusive approach.

Greenwich University, Greenwich Campus
Queen Anne Court Building
Lecture Theatre - QA080

Registration & refreshments took place just outside the lecture theatre in the same building in rooms QA075 & QA077 (Circulation Room).

Getting to Greenwich Campus - please click here for further information.

Greenwich University Campus Map

18:00 - 18:30 Registration & Tea/Coffee & light nibbles
18:30 - 18:35 Welcome & Housekeeping: Steve Rowsell, President, CIHT
18:35 - 18:45 Overview of the GATEway project: Professor Nick Reed
18:45 - 19:05 Public perception of Autonomous Vehicles (AVs):  Rama Gheerawo, Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
19:05 - 19:25 Guiding AVs in complex urban environments:  Dr Graeme Smith, CEO, Oxbotica
19:25 - 19:45 Implications for AVs in smart cities:  Lola Fernandez-Redondo, Head of Integrated Planning and the Built Environment at DG Cities
19:45 - 20:05 Panel discussion with all speakers
20:05 - 20:45 Networking Drinks
21:00 - Close

Below is link to a short video on the GATEway project:



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